We all have biases; look for biases in decisions and treatment of people. This is noted throughout history. Presented by Dr. Sharia Hays of Rochester University, this session will reflect on the biases that have shaped history. Through discussion and an interactive exercise, participants will gain an understanding about unconscious and implicit biases. Participants will leave with a new awareness, along with steps and strategies for confronting and overcoming unconscious and implicit biases. As we examine the past, we will be challenged to change the present and future in our decision making and treatment of others.
Smart Towns is a lifelong learning program led by local educational organizations. The Smart Towns partners include Rochester University, Oakland University, the Rochester-Avon Historical Society, the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Meadow Brook Hall, and Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. Together the Smart Towns partners provide a unique series of programs exploring one theme or topic per year. Lectures are presented by experts in their fields of study. The theme for 2020 is “Events that Changed the World.” A complete list of Smart Towns programs is available at smarttowns.rhpl.org.